Following on from last month’s reports of a new Dead Space, sources are now indicating that this will be a remake of the original game.
Helmed by EA Motive, the creators of Star Wars: Squadrons (and co-developer of Star Wars: Battlefront II) the project will be a reboot for the publisher’s survival horror series. Since 2013 and the release of Dead Space 3, the IP has been dormant, skipping the entire PS4 and Xbox One console generation.
Details surrounding the Dead Space remake are scarce with EA yet to comment on the existence of the project. According to GamesBeat, the publisher’s decision to reboot the series was largely inspired by Capcom’s recent Resident Evil remakes. EA Motive will reportedly use the original 2008 Dead Space as their foundation, bringing the game into the modern era with refreshed visuals and new survival horror mechanics.
EA may have steered away from singleplayer games in recent years though they seem to be coming back on board following the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Sony’s power-selling slew of singleplayer first party titles is no doubt partly responsible.
When will we see this Dead Space remake appear? There is speculation that we may catch our very first glimpse of the game during EA Play later this month. The publisher will be hosting a 40 minute showcase, highlighting upcoming games including Battlefield 2042, Lost in Random, and EA Sports titles. There will also be ” a couple other games” shown according to EA’s David Tinson.
You can watch EA Play live from 18:00PM UK time (10AM PT/1PM ET) starting with a pre-show.
If the reports turn out to be true, a Dead Space remake is exactly what the smash hit survival horror series needs. Following the first game, subsequent chapters couldn’t quite capture that same magic, despite layering on interesting game elements. Picking up the torch with Dead Space 4 would definitely be a misstep – we’d rather see what EA Motive could do by slamming that big red “reboot” button.
Frustrated fans point to Dead Space 3 as the downfall of the series. EA were too quick in their attempts to build out the franchise, getting further away from what made Dead Space a stone cold classic. Invasive microtransactions, a new co-op focus, and a shift towards action-heavy gameplay were all pretty big turn-offs. Let’s hope that a full reveal – or even a small Dead Space remake teaser – will appear at EA Play.